Cornerback Tory Nixon, the Washington Redskins' top choice in the April 30 NFL draft, could be signed within a week, says his agent.
"I think we'll reach a resolution before Bobby Beathard (Redskins' general manager) leaves town, and that will be another week," agent Larry Muno said from his office in Los Angeles. Beathard, on a working vacation in California, met with Muno yesterday. "Very friendly negotiations . . . no threats or anything like that," Muno said, adding that overtures toward Nixon from the U.S. Football League are no longer a factor.
If Nixon has not signed by July 18, the rookies' reporting date at training camp in Carlisle, Pa., Muno said his client will not show up. Nixon, just married, is on a Caribbean honeymoon . . .
Don Klosterman, president and general manager of the Los Angeles Express, has been fired by USFL Commissioner Harry Usher and told the remainder of his two-year contract, supposed to run through Dec. 22, will not be honored.
Klosterman, a prominent NFL executive in the past, said he plans to fight back legally. "I've never been out on the street in my life. From that standpoint, it's somewhat demeaning."
The USFL has been running the ownerless team since February. It finished 3-15 with rock-bottom attendance. "Basically, he (Usher) said he didn't have any more money to pay," Klosterman said . . .
And owner Clinton Manges of the San Antonio Gunslingers is evidently in imminent danger of losing his USFL franchise. Usher has notified Manges by letter that the franchise would be revoked in 15 days unless the south Texas rancher "cleans up his act." Coincidentally, Manges has until July 17 to make good on two overdue paychecks to players or the entire team will become free agents . . .
The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly have put Isaac Curtis, 34, their all-time leading receiver, on waivers and will give him his unconditional release.